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President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said his daughter Veronica “Kitty” Duterte got good grades, a far cry from his own grade of 75.
During the inauguration of the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall at the Buhangin District in Davao City on October 19, 2018, Duterte talked about his Cabinet members’ achievements in school.
“Why should you be in a hurry? What will you get out of 95? Just like Honeylet’s daughter. Her lowest grade is 91. That’s the lowest,” Duterte said in Bisaya.
“I told her, ‘Nak, back then I only studied just a little,'” he said.
Duterte also said Kitty always complains about studying. “Because she’s always complaining, always studying and rarely goes out anymore,” he said.
Duterte said Kitty takes after her mother Honeylet Avanceña who was also a valedictorian. ’75, 76, 77’
“Your President only had 75. I’ve been to Sta. Ana—we lived in Matina—Ateneo, Davao Central School, and back to Sta. Ana again. Went back to Ateneo, got expelled, and then I went to Digos,” he said.
“I kept on roaming around. I finished my high school in seven years. That’s where they find ideas from as to how to improve education with K-12 because it took me seven years to finish high school. But it was just 75. Honestly, I’m not joking. Even if there is… If some of my classmates who are still alive are around, ask them. 75, 76, 77,” he said.
“As long as you can reach 75. It’s like a ladder. It’s the same kind of climb. Why would you go for 95-95 when 75 is just as fine? 75-75 lang,” he said.
Duterte went on to say that his Cabinet members are all bright. He said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez were all valedictorians.
“All of them were valedictorians while I only had 75. But who’s their boss now? Is it the valedictorian? The 75,” he said.
“So don’t be in a hurry. Just work hard in life,” Duterte added.